The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum, Omaha: Hours, Address, The Durham Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Durham Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at the historic Durham Museum. Opened in 1931, Union Station was built by Union Pacific Railroad as the showpiece to the city of its headquarters. Considered one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, and now an official National Historic Landmark, the station is one of the best examples of art deco architecture in the country. The Durham Museum offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Enjoy an extraordinary array of permanent exhibits including restored train cars, 1940’s storefronts, HO Model trains, numerous artifacts showing the history of the region and the Byron Reed collection, which includes some of the world’s rarest coins and documents. During your stay be sure to stop by the authentic soda fountain and enjoy a phosphate or malt.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Jack
Ireland194 contributions
Essential visit
Dec. 2020 • Solo
This is an essential visit in Omaha. I have visited many times over the years when visiting Omaha and it is a wonderful time. An awesome venue with nice exhibitions. I would wish the main exhibition would be refreshed. It’s been the same for many years. While the special exhibitions do add to the “replay” value of the Durham, I do find the main part a little aged.
Written 27 July 2021
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hjhorvath379
Elkhart, IN8 contributions
A must see for families with kids of all ages
Jul. 2021 • Family
This was one of the best museums we have ever been to (which has been a lot)! It is a must for any history lover or someone who wants to travel back in time to the 1940s. A tour of the passenger train is a must along with a walk through the history museum that tells the stories of the area from the early days of Native Americans to the 1950s. A snack at the soda fountain is a must! Their menu is small but very yummy. We enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches and ice cream sundaes and shakes. We will definitely be coming returning and highly recommend this museum.
Written 21 July 2021
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Homecroft56
Nineveh, IN329 contributions
Art Deco treasure - Step back in time
Jul. 2021
A pleasant surprise - a great facility. Impressive this was built in 1930 as the Union Station for the railroads. Great Art Deco architecture that has been restored and seems like a big step back in time. 10,000 passengers a day used to flow through this station. Small cafe in the main hall that serves a tasty lunch in the original lunch counter. The basement area has a nice display of Omaha history over the years. Currently there is a special exhibit of James Cameron's "Into the Deep" which was a big surprise. Four videos, each about 12 minutes, very informative and interesting. Free parking in the lot. We have a tall RV that would not fit in the lot, no problem, free parking on the street in front.
Written 15 July 2021
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Britt M
Jackson, MO37 contributions
Fun for All
Jul. 2021 • Family
Amazing examples of Art Deco design! Kids liked the talking statues. The James Cameron exhibit was interactive and I loved seeing the different artifacts and sketches. We got a phosphate, 2 malts and an ice cream sundae with very reasonable prices and the perfect treat while we were there!
Written 14 July 2021
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Karl C
suffield, ct211 contributions
Lunch at The Durham (Soda Fountain)
Jun. 2021
You have to go to the Durham Museum because it is a gorgeous and grand 1931 Art Deco railroad station with awesome historical exhibits. All the stonework and neon are so beautiful. For a laugh and low budget lunch, have a bite at the old fashioned luncheonette, which is festooned with sineage from the Depression Era and staffed with high school kids as servers. I had a meatball grinder and apple sauce in a plastic single serve cup. My wife had the chicken salad meal with chips. Soft drinks were included. The bill with tax before tip was $16.06. Good to lower your overall vacation food budget and a feast for the eyes. Like the food, the service was acceptable -- and polite.
Written 20 June 2021
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Marc P
4 contributions
Excellent for a date with wife.
Jun. 2021
A very nice visit to the Durham museum today with Jane. The current exhibit is James Cameron's" Into the Deep. ". I was unaware he was such an explorer. Very cool stuff of him at the deepest part of the ocean . Titanic and Bismarck shipwrecks. Also Titanic relics both from the real ship and his movie. Kate Winslet must be awful short and thin because her dress is tiny. Jane and I both said "That was way cool" on leaving. We recommend it. Don't forget to get a phosphate at the soda counter($2,25). . And Orsi's pizza ( An old Omaha Italian staple) is a block away, (Take out only but great).
Written 16 June 2021
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jtkoehler2
crawfordsville213 contributions
Great time
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Great time good experience. The exhibits are good the history is very informative. Loved the trains. Absolutely loved the RR station do not miss the talking statues.(4 of them). We also got a tour by a volunteer. She was great. Time spent 2.75 hours. Free parking.
Written 6 June 2021
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Jane M
Raleigh, NC25 contributions
Nice day but I made a mistake
May 2021
I am older and overweight but was super excited to visit and walked all the way to the back to see all the blooms thinking I could pay for and take the tram back. Wrong! You have to buy it in the beginning although they have a building and office in the back of the garden. I walked back no real issues with several stops, just have one bad ankle and know my limits. I feel certain they would make a ton of additional money by allowing for Tran tickets to be purchased at the back stop. Had also hoped to get back and have lunch at the cafe before it closed and didn’t .... another missed opportunity to take my money! The outside gardens weren’t really doing anything but the inside green house was lovely.
Written 26 May 2021
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KCBirdLady
Kansas City, MO92 contributions
Gorgeous building
May 2021
The exhibits about history are most interesting if you are an Omaha resident, but some of them are of general interest. If you are a fan of Art Deco design, the highlight is the building itself. The exterior is nice, but the interior is fantastic.
Written 23 May 2021
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Sandra M
Minneapolis, MN30 contributions
First Rate History Museum
May 2021 • Friends
This museum has an amazing collection of items from the history of the rails as well as an on-depth look at the history of the area 1800 and after. Very carefully constructed exhibits, energetic volunteers, all in a beautifully restored train depot
Written 22 May 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm